his page actually lists a number of different kinds of resources for listeners to folk and roots music, as you see listed on the right. Some credits for the site follow at the end.
Latest additions 11/20/17.
Last thoroughly reviewed 3/24/14.
Musicians’ Web Sites
There must be thousands of artists’ sites; we have picked a very few that we think may be of particular interest to our listeners. Also, check the playlist for the date you heard something for links to that artist’s or band’s site.
As a first suggestion for finding more musicians’ sites, browse through some of the online resources that follow, or try some of the standard Internet search engines, such as Google. Entering “www.artistname.com” as a location is often worth trying as well.
Some of the sites listed under “Music at Large” have good collections of artists’ links.
Here are some quick listings. More descriptive entries for some of our favorites follow.
Some great musicians and bands from our area (and up the coast): Ancient Future, Patrick Ball, Broceliande, Jamie Byrd, Dan Cantrell, Danny Carnahan, Kevin Carr, Peppino D’Agostino, Todd Denman, Fishtank Ensemble, Robin Flower and Libby McLaren, Tim Hart, Sylvia Herold, Linda Hirschhorn and Vocolot, JouJou, Laurie Lewis, Michael Mullen, Oak, Ash & Thorn, Melanie O’Reilly, PickPocket Ensemble, Kate Price, Riggy Rackin, Joanne Rand, Rupa & the April Fishes, Solstice, Pireeni Sundaralingam & Colm Ó Riain, Holly Tannen, Linda Tillery, Wake the Dead, Willow Willow.
Some local musicians and bands in Greek, Balkan, and Middle Eastern styles in particular: Agapi Mou, Lucia Comnes, Édessa, Eliyahu and the Qadim Ensemble, Juliana Graffagna and Janam, Kaladrios, Shira Kammen, Kitka, Nada Lewis, Hamed Nikpay, Robin Petrie, Tim Rayborn, Diana Rowan, The Men’s Russian Chorus Slavyanka, Lily Storm, Teslim with Kaila Flexer and Gari Hegedus, Rachel Valfer.
Some popular North American singer-songwriters: Greg Brown, Slaid Cleaves, Kris Delmhorst, Krista Detor, Ani DiFranco, Steve Earle, Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka, Tish Hinojosa, Janis Ian (check out her writing in the articles section), Sarah Jarosz, Cindy Kallet, Lucy Kaplansky, Patty Larkin, Anaïs Mitchell, Carrie Newcomer, Tom Russell, Claudia Schmidt, Richard Shindell, Chris Webster, Gillian Welch, Dar Williams, Lucinda Williams.
Some preeminant Irish, Anglo-Irish, and Irish-American bands and artists: Altan, Anúna, Luka Bloom, Paul Brady, Karan Casey, the Chieftains, Cran, Dàimh, Danú, Dervish, FullSet, Frankie Gavin, Gráda, Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Cathy Jordan, Paddy Keenan (“the Jimi Hendrix of the pipes”), Kíla, Lúnasa, Josephine Marsh, Áine Minogue, Mick Moloney, Christy Moore, Melanie O’Reilly, Niamh Parsons, Tommy Peoples, Cathie Ryan, Slide, Moira Smiley & VOCO, Solas, Téada, Seán Tyrrell. See also the profiles at Ceolas and the Celtic Music Base.
Here too are some Scottish artists and bands: The Battlefield Band, Capercaillie, Julie Fowlis, Lau, Jim Malcolm, Malinky, Shetland harpist Catriona McKay, Old Blind Dogs, Karine Polwart, The Poozies, Eddi Reader, Skyedance with Alasdair Fraser, Shetland fiddler Chris Stout, The Tannahill Weavers.
And Continental Celtic artists and bands from Brittany, Galicia, and Asturias: Felpeyu, Llan de Cubel, Luar na Lubre, Madredeus, Milladoiro, Carlos Nuñez (another Jimi Hendrix of the pipes), Lídia Pujol, María Salgado, Susana Seivane, guitarist Soïg Siberil.
And Scandinavian musicians and bands: Mari Boine, Dråm, Frigg, Garmarna, Gjallarhorn, Hedningarna, Olov Johansson, Maria Kalaniemi, Karelian Folk Music Ensemble, Annbjørg Lien, Loituma, Mia Marin, Ale Möller, Triakel, Värttinä, Väsen.
Steve Baughman, wonderfully sensitive and inventive local guitarist, casually tosses off new styles at every turn—clawhammer guitar, Zen banjo, new approaches to Celtic and Hawaiian music, the Orkney tuning.... He has also produced some very entertaining but instructive instructional videos.
Keith Christmas is a legendary English singer-songwriter (author of “Fable of the Wings”) who toured with famous bands of the 1960s era but who has produced some of his most striking work in the last few years.
Olivia Chaney, wonderfully expressive English singer-songwriter.
Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, singer-songwriter and accompanist, rising talents from England.
Andrew Cronshaw is an English zither player responsible for some amazingly evocative collaborations and numerous music reviews.
Ross Daly, the brilliant multi-instrumentalist and composer in varied Eastern traditions.
A Sandy Denny memorial site for the great English singer. Links to other tribute pages, mailing lists, and discographies.
Ani Chöying Drolma is the amazing singing nun from Nepal who has evolved her art within a Tibetan Buddhist tradition and launched some major humanitarian efforts. You may find more information, including links to buy her albums, at this site. And do check out her remarkable autobiography.
Fairport Convention, the venerable folk-rock band.
Finest Kind, the very versatile and harmonious trio from western Canada.
Scottish singer Dick Gaughan has a great site with a song archive and many links.
Nina Gerber is an expressive and versatile guitarist long valued as an accompanist and musicians’ musician but gaining prominence as a soloist.
The late Jack Hardy, the magus of Greenwich Village and founder of Fast Folk.
In Gowan Ring, symbolist folk music from the itinerant artist known as B’eirth or B’ee, who is also the mainstay of the band called Birch Book.
Si Kahn, the folk singer, songsmith, and organizer who founded and long headed Grassroots Leadership, which advocates for prison reform and other causes. He is now active in Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay, one of the groups working to stop the Pebble Mine in Alaska, and is producing a musical, “Mother Jones in Heaven,” drawing on the life of the legendary labor and community organizer.
Kaki King, the guitarist-composer called “a genre unto herself.”
Sharron Kraus, English singer-songwriter with strong Transatlantic ties.
Rosi Lalor, singer-songwriter and healer from England.
David Lindley, multi-instrumentalist extraodinaire.
Jez Lowe, the great performer and songwriter from Durham in the Northeast of England.
Tina Malia, visionary singer-songwriter and presenter of sacred chants.
Judy Mayhan, the Northern California singer-songwriter and all-but-lost legend of the sixties and seventies, has a Web site and CDs available. She also has this Facebook page that is much more up to date.
John McCutcheon, singer, songwriter, multiinstrumentalist, folklorist.
Loreena McKennitt with her Quinlan Road label.
Susan McKeown with numerous great collaborations and solo projects.
Misner & Smith is a local duo offering searching and poetic lyrics set in lovely harmonies.
All Things Phil: Phil Ochs links.
The Pentangle, from the early days to its present incarnation as Jacqui McShee's Pentangle.
Utah Phillips: a short jog through a long memory.
Maddy Prior of Steeleye Span and Silly Sisters fame.
Tom Rapp and the Pearls Before Swine Connection for info on this legendary band from the ’60s and its still-active founder and mainstay.
Legendary English guitarist John Renbourn managed this Web site as his own personal project.
Lou Rhodes, the creative singer-songwriter from Manchester, England.
Alasdair Roberts, Scottish singer-songwriter and balladeer.
Kate Rusby, the English traditional singer.
The duo Still on the Hill brings us their wonderfully original music with bluegrass roots.
The official Richard Thompson site. See also Henry the Human Fly Caught in the Web and The Guitar of Richard Thompson, which seems to be inactive but offers some good background on the songs as well as transcriptions and such.
Martha Tilston, English singer-songwriter and author of songs at once socially conscious, imaginative, and evocatively arranged.
Steve Tilston, long-time English performer and fine and expressive songwriter and guitarist.
Marta Topferova, a mellifluous and expressive multilingual singer/songwriter most associated with Nueva Canción and Latin jazz idioms, but likewise wonderfully poetic, expressive, and deep in Czech, Moravian, and English.
The Kate Wolf memorial Web site.
Gabriel Yacoub, founder of the French folk revival band Malicorne, who continues to produce musically rich and poetic solo work.
Independent Record Labels
These are the names that turn up frequently for indie labels. For more obscure labels or self-produced albums, please check the lists at the end of this section or the playlist for the program with the song in question.
Alula Records, 20048 NE San Rafael St., Portland, Oregon 97230; 503-257-8480.
Appleseed Recordings, P.O. Box 2593, West Chester, PA 19380; 610-701-5755.
Arhoolie Records, 10341 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito CA 94530; 510-525-7471.
Canyon Records, 3131 W. Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85017; 800-268-1141.
Claddagh Records, 65 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1 Ireland; 353 1 8720075
Cló Iar-Chonnachta, Indreabhán, Conamara, Co. na Gaillimhe, Éire/Ireland, +353-91-593307, is a book and music publisher with a strong interest in Irish language and culture and sean-nós music.
Compass Records, 916 19th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212; 615-320-7672.
Coop Breizh, Kerangwenn, 29540 Spézet/Speied, Bretagne, France. The leading Breton label.
Culburnie Records, P.O. Box 219, Nevada City, CA 95959; 800-830-6296.
Fellside Recordings, P.O. Box 40, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 3GJ, UK.
Fledg'ling Records, P.O. Box 547, London SE26 4BD, England. Recordings of some popular English folk revivalists; the site includes bios and discographies.
FM Records S.A., 7 Knossou str., 11146 Athens, Greece; Phone: + 00 (301) 2222301 / + 00 (301) 2230600, Fax: + 00 (301) 2221603. This label has made available much historically important material.
Folk-Legacy Records, Box 1148, Sharon, CT 06069; 800-836-0901.
Folktrax.org, Heritage House, 16 Brunswick Square, Gloucester, GL1 1UG, England. Maintaining Peter Kennedy’s legacy of English and Irish folklore.
Free Reed Records & Music, The Cedars, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 1DD, UK. British folk revival favorites.
Green Linnet Records (Xenophile), 916 19th Avenue South, Nashville, TN, 37212; 615-320-7672.
Greentrax Recordings, Cockenzie Business Centre, Edinborough Road, Cockenzie, East Lothlan EH32 0HL, Scotland.
Kalan Music, IMÇ 6.blok No:6608 Unkapanı- Istanbul; 0 212 512 35 13. Produces a lot of great historical and modern Turkish folk and art music.
Kells Music, a part of Rego Irish Records, P.O. Box 1515, Green Island, N.Y. 12183; 1-800-458-REGO (7346).
Kicking Mule Records, an info page.
KRL (Lochshore, Monarch, ELM), RL, PO Box 5577, Newton Mearns, Glasgow, Scotland, G77 9BH; +44 141 616 0900.
Mad River Records, 58 Side Cut Road, Redding, CT 06896
Mulligan Records, now a Compass label.
NorthSide Records, P.O. Box 7367, Minneapolis MN 55401; 612-375-0233. Scandinavian music.
Omnium Recordings, P.O. Box 7367, Minneapolis, MN 55407; 612-481-2320.
Park Records, P.O. Box 651, Oxford OX2 9RB, UK.
The Persian Arts Society, home to Kereshmeh Records, P.O. Box 13354, La Jolla, CA 92039; 858-605-6612 puts out a rich selection of Iranian music.
Putumayo World Music, 28 W. 25th St., 5th Floor, New York, NY 10010; 212-625-1400.
Real World Records, WOMAD Shop, Box Mill, Mill Lane, Box, Wiltshire, United Kingdom, SN13 8PL; +44 (0)870 720 2127.
Red House Records, P.O. Box 4044, St. Paul, Minnesota 55104; 800-695-4687.
Rounder Records (Flying Fish, Philo, Temple), One Rounder Way, Burlington, Massachusetts 01803; 617-354-0700; 800-ROUNDER (800-768-6337).
Shanachie Records, 37 East Clinton Street, Newton, New Jersey 07860; 800-497-1043.
Signature Sounds Recording Company, 32 Masonic St., Northampton, MA 01060; 413-665-4036.
Silver Wave Records, P.O. Box 7943, Boulder, CO 80306; 800-SIL-WAVE.
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings (600 Maryland Ave. SW, Suite 2001, Washington, DC 20024; 888-FOLKWAYS (365-5929) or 202-633-6450).
Sugar Hill Records, P.O. Box 55300, Duke Station, Durham, North Carolina 27717-5300; 800-996-4455.
Tara Music Company, Basement, 18 Upper Mount Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. Includes links to Tara artists such as Christy Moore, Liam O’Flynn, and Rita Connolly, sound clips, where to buy, and more.
Topic Records, 7 Fernie Business Park Station Road, UPPINGHAM, Rutland LE15 9TX, England.
Traditional Crossroads, P.O. Box 20320, Greeley Square Station, New York, NY 10001-9992; 800-422-6282. Fine recordings of traditional musics of the Middle East.
Waterbug Records, P.O. Box 83, Glen Ellyn, IL 60138-0083; 630-534-6063.
Water Lily Acoustics, P.O. Box 91448, Santa Barbara, CA 93190; 805-968-8188. Dedicated to preserving authentic traditional music and encouraging creative collaborations toward a future music.
WildGoose Records, May Cottage, Fullerton Road, Wherwell, Hampshire. SP11 7JS. English music with a strong bias toward the traditional.
World Village Music, a Harmonia Mundi label with releases by Susan McKeown, Flook, Habib Koité, others.
Another list of record company addresses or links: at folkmusic.org.
Mail-Order and Online Distributors
These outfits collectively offer for sale much of what we air. Rarer sources for particular CDs often appear in the playlists for the programs in which they were heard.
See also Local Record Stores.
Asturshop for music from the Spanish province of Asturias.
Bandcamp is a searchable distribution channel for independent artists to make their music available, through direct downloads, CDs, or other media—free, name your price, or for a set price or stated minimum.
Camsco Records, 145 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor, NJ 08520; 800-548-3655. “If it’s folk, we’ll get it for you.”
CD Baby, 13909 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97230; 800-BUY-MY-CD. Specializes in independent artists. Many unfamiliar names (even under traditional folk). Sound samples and good descriptions.
CDconnection.com, 1030 E. El Camino, #478, Sunnyvale, CA 94087-3759. Offers good service, many audio samples, and some helpful search methods such as by song title.
cdRoots has a great collection of roots-oriented music from much of the world.
Claddagh Records, 65 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1 Ireland; 353 1 8720075, with an extensive catalog of Irish music.
Custy’s Traditional Music Shop, Cookes Lane, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland; +353 (0)65 6821727 for music from Ireland.
Digelius Music, Laivurinrinne 2, 00120 Helsinki, Finland; 358 9 666375 for a rich selection of Finnish music.
Discogs is an online music marketplace presented as a vast database of recordings with track lists and other info on CDs and LPs.
Elderly Instruments, 1100 N. Washington, Lansing, MI 48906; 517-372-7890, 888-473-5810. Recordings, new and used instruments, instructional videos, and more.
Farside Music, 36 Stanley Avenue, Beckenham, Kent BR3 6PX; (44) 020-8650-3040. They offer music from Japan, Okinawa, and other East Asian countries, as well as CD series from Japan, such as the World Music Library.
Harmony Ridge Music, dedicated to female singer-songwriters (from many traditions).
Hatikvah Music International, P.O. Box 48739, Los Angeles, CA 90048; 323-655-7083 features Klezmer, Sephardic, all sorts of Jewish music.
Ladyslipper, P.O. Box 3124-R, Durham, NC 27715; 800-634-6044. Music by women in all genres.
Last.fm is a way to search for or discover music, with options to play or download free offerings or to buy tracks, MP3 albums, or albums as physical media via Amazon, 7digital, or iTunes.
MusicScotland.com for Scottish as well as some Irish and other releases, links, and info.
Primarily a Cappella, P.O. Box D, San Anselmo, CA 94979; 800-SING-181. Dedicated to the discovery, dissemination, and celebration of the best vocal music from around the globe.
Roots & Rhythm, P.O. Box 837, El Cerrito, CA 94530; 888-ROOTS-66.
SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform that enables its users to upload, record, promote, and share their originally created sounds.
Still Records after All These Years, 6 Franklin Court, Northampton, MA 01060-2014; 413-586-0270. “America’s Leading Specialist in the Sale of Rare, New, and Used Folk Music on Vinyl and CD Since 1989.”
Studio 52, Dimitriou Gounari str. 46, Thessaloniki 54621, Greece. A rich source for all genres of Greek Music.
Tayberry Music, 916 19th Avenue South, Nashville, TN, 37212; 615-320-7672. A very rich source for Irish and Celtic music, now operated by Compass Records.
Tulumba.com for Turkish music in the U.S.
Village Records, Village Records PO BOX 1166, Mission, KS 66222; 913-262-8655; featuring Americana-style artists such as Tom Russell.
Local Record Stores
Browse from this section down through Local Online Resources to see different kinds of listings for the Bay Area.
Amoeba Music, 1855 Haight Street, San Francisco; 415-831-1200; 2455 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley; 510-549-1125.
Aquarius Records, 1055 Valencia Street, San Francisco 94110; 415-647-2272.
Down Home Music, 10341 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito 94530; 510-525-2129; 1809b Fourth St. Berkeley 94710; 510-204-9595.
Streetlight Records, 3979 24th Street, San Francisco; 888-682-3550; also 2350 Market Street; 888-396-2350.
See also Dance under Online Resources.
Artists for Literacy is a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization aimed at connecting low-level readers to literature through the arts. Their SIBL Project in particular uses music (some of it available on CDs) as a vehicle to engage, inspire, and reinforce the magic of literature and the power of reading.
The Bay Area Country Dance Society promotes, preserves, and teaches traditional English and American music and dance in the San Francisco Bay area. You can find more contra dance links around the state and the nation at this location.
The Bay Area Flamenco Festival hosts authentic Flamenco musicians and dancers annually in September.
The Bay Area Storytelling Festival is an annual Spring event in Richmond.
The Jewish Music Festival is a program of the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, coming your way in March.
KlezCalifornia promotes Yiddish culture and klezmer music in the San Francisco Bay Area by creating participatory events, such as concerts, dance parties, participatory workshops, and smaller events, both independently and in collaboration with Jewish Community Centers, synagogues, and other groups.
Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay is working to stop the Pebble Mine, a project that would be catastrophic for one of the world’s last and greatest wild fisheries and wild places, in Alaska.
The North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance, or Folk Alliance for short, is a broad networking alliance of the folk music and dance community. Their site also includes a healthy collection of links.
The San Francisco Pipers’ Club offers a supportive environment for people learning the Irish uilleann pipes. Every two years, the club hosts the West Coast Piping Tionól, a weekend-long festival of piping.
The Sea Music Festival is an annual event at the Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco.
The Sonoma County Folk Society (SoCoFoSo) is a non-profit, volunteer organization committed to providing access to the folk music scene in and around Sonoma County. Their site provides this calendar of events.
World Arts West, presenters of the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. Fort Mason Center, Landmark Building D, San Francisco 94123-1382; 415-474-3914.
The Albatross pub at 1822 San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley, 510-THE-BIRD, is frequently home to live music.
Amnesia, 853 Valencia Street, San Francisco; 415-970-0012.
The Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley 94702; 510-525-5054.
The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Avenue, Berkeley 94704; 510-654-3808.
The Blue Heron Restaurant, P.O. Box 20, Steelhead Boulevard, Duncans Mills 95430; 707-865-9135.
The Boathouse Concert Series in Oakland offers music in an intimate setting on the shore of Lake Merritt. You can make reservations or get more information via their site.
Café Du Nord, 2170 Market Street, San Francisco 94114; 415-861-5016.
The Chapel, 777 Valencia Street, San Francisco 94110; 415-551-5157.
The Clarion Music Center, 816 Sacramento Street, San Francisco 94108; 415-391-1317, featuring a world music concert series.
The Croatian American Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga Ave., San Francisco 94112; 510-649-0941. Host to the Slavonic Web.
Cyprian’s ARC, 2097 Turk Street, San Francisco 94115; 415-567-1855. This is “a community-based, volunteer-driven hub of collaboration that connects artists, advocates for a more resilient and sustainable future, and anyone seeking a deeper sense of community.” The San Francisco Folk Music Club currently holds its musical meetings here, on the second and fourth Fridays of the month, beginning at 8 P.M. See also SF Live Arts at Cyprian’s.
Don Quixote’s International Music Hall, 6275 Highway 9, Felton 95018; 831-335-2800.
The Epic Arts Studios, 1923 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley 94703; 510-644-2204.
The Fiddling Cricket concert series now happens at different south bay venues. Their number is 408-499-9441.
Fifth Street Farms, 1517 Fifth Street, Berkeley 94710; 510-525-9248. This is a setting for a house concert series. Call for reservations.
The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., San Francisco 94115; 415-346-6000.
The Fox Theatre and the Little Fox, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City 94063; 650-FOX-4119.
The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley 94704; 510-644-2020.
The Garden Gate Creativity Center is now closed but may be putting on house concerts.
The Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell between Polk and Larkin, San Francisco; 415-885-0750.
Johnny Foley’s Irish House, 243 O’Farrell St. between Mason St. and Powell St., San Francisco 94102; 415-954-0777.
Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz 95060; 831-427-2227.
La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley 94705; 510-849-2568.
The Monkey House, University Avenue, Berkeley, but contact by e-mail through their site to learn the address and other information.
Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. East, Sonoma 95476; 707-935-0660.
The Musician’s Coffeehouse Concert Series, at various East Bay venues; 925-229-2710.
The Noe Valley Music Series: See SF Live Arts at Cyprian’s.
The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street #170, Oakland 94659; 510-388-1043.
The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main Street, Winters 95694 (west of Davis); 530-795-1825.
The Plough and Stars Irish pub, 116 Clement Street at 2nd Avenue, San Francisco; 415-751-1122.
The Red Poppy Art House is a neighborhood center for the intersection of cultural and inter-generational artistic engagement located in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District, 2698 Folsom Street, San Francisco; 650-731-5383; firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rose Street House of Music in Berkeley, 510-594-4000 ext. 687.
Sally Greenberg’s house concert series in Berkeley. For reservations, information, and directions: e-mail per the site or call 510-644-2135.
The San Gregorio General Store at Highway 84 and Stage Road in San Gregorio offers live music on weekends.
SF Live Arts at Cyprian’s, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 2097 Turk Street, San Francisco 94115; 415-454-5238.
Slim’s, 333 Eleventh Street, San Francisco 94103; 415-255-0333.
The Starry Plough Irish pub, 3101 Shattuck Avenue (between Ashby and Alcatraz), Berkeley 94705; 510-841-2082. Home to the Sunday Starry Session hosted by Shay Black, and of varied forms of live music and other events.
Strings is a recording studio and performance showcase space located in Emeryville, featuring weekly performances by locally and internationally recognized acoustic musicians; 510-653-5700.
Studio 55 Marin, 1455 East Francisco Blvd., San Rafael; 415-453-3161.
Studio Grand, 3234 Grand Avenue, Oakland 94610; 510-761-5652.
The Subterranean Arthouse, 2179 Bancroft Way, Berkeley 94704; 510-508-3492.
The Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley 94941; Cafe 415-388-1700, Box Office 415-388-1100.
The Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley 94941; 415-383-9600.
The UC Theatre, 2036 University Avenue, Berkeley 94704; 510-356-4000.
Villa Montalvo, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga 95070; 408-961-5800. Montalvo is a nonprofit arts organization that holds regular concert series at its Mediterranean-style villa.
Viracocha, 998 Valencia Street, San Francisco 94110; 415-374-7048.
The Wisteria Ways house concert series, Oakland; 510-655-2771; or e-mail per site.
The Bluegrass Signal Bay Area Bluegrass (and Old Time) Concert & Club Date listings.
The Folknik calendar. Download a current issue of the Folknik as a PDF file via the Folknik Online > Current Issue links and page down to the regularly scheduled and day-by-day event listings.
SFGate’s Bay Area Events calendar.
The Sonoma County Folk Society calendar of events.
See also of course calendars for individual venues and organizations.
This section begins with some links to Bay Area sites; it then lists sites around the world treating folk music at large; regional musics and other topics follow.
The Folknik, San Francisco Folk Music Club, 885 Clayton Street, San Francisco 94117; 415-661-2217.
The Slavonic Web, a project of San Francisco’s Croatian American Cultural Center, offers information on Balkan and Balkan-inspired music happening locally.
Traditional Celtic Music in the San Francisco Bay Area, with an events calendar and its own list of venues and other resources.
Music at Large
The Contemplator, listings and studies of O’Carolan tunes, Child ballads, early popular songs, and songs of the sea, by Leslie Nelson.
Folking dot Com, “a folking great community” online, with artists, festivals, clubs, and more.
The FolkLib Index: A Library of Folk Music Links, which is very diverse but focuses on folk music, bluegrass and old-time music, acoustic blues, and fingerstyle acoustic guitar.
The site called folkmusic.org is working to create a “virtual community” of artists, venues, and organizations.
Mauro Ravera’s Folksy Links, folk bands and musicians online, listed by name or by country.
The International Traditional Music Society, with a tune database, links for different countries and instruments, and more.
Psychedelicfolk.com: Reviews of psych-folk, acid folk, kindred genres. This is a challenging site to find one’s way around. The index to the singer-songwriter section is a useful way to turn up a name.
Webzines and Reviews
Many of the sellers listed under Mail-Order and Online Distributors offer good capsule descriptions of recordings.
See also print magazines.
Folkworld: the online music magazine, with a European emphasis.
The Green Man Review, reviewing the roots and branches of music, arts, and culture. Many informative reviews.
The Irish Music Review, with reviews of more than 500 albums and some books.
Minor 7th, reviewing the best in non-mainstream acoustic guitar music.
Musical Traditions, an English Webzine covering a wide range of world musical traditions.
Rambles.net, a cultural arts Webzine covering the British Isles, Celtic lands, and elsewhere; it also includes numerous concert and book reviews.
Rootsworld, a magazine of roots, folk, and pop music.
World Music Central has artist lists, reviews, venues, organizations, and more.
Song Finders and Tune Finders
Many tunes in Western scales are available on the Internet in the ASCII-friendly ABC format, which available software can translate directly into staff notation or even play over computer speakers. Musicians can learn to read it directly. The abc home page brings together much information.
You can search the ABC Tune Finder by title or other means.
The Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads include more than 30,000 ballads reproduced digitally from sixteenth- to twentieth-century sources.
The Celtic Lyrics Corner has lyrics and translations for songs by some contemporary Celtic artists and groups, arranged by album.
Re the Child Ballads: The Heritage Muse site offers information on a CD-ROM edition of Childs’ original work, and this Sacred Texts site includes the texts online. The Loomis House Press has issued a complete new edition of the printed work.
The Fiddler’s Companion at Ceolas is a huge encyclopedia of fiddle tunes from the Celtic, British and American traditions.
Folk Music: An Index to Recorded Resources, a song database searchable by title or performer.
The Full English is a groundbreaking project of the English Folk Dance and Song Society drawing together the most important early twentieth-century collections into the most comprehensive searchable database of British folk songs, tunes, dances, and customs in the world. It is a project of the band by the same name, led by Fay Hield.
Try the tune database at the International Traditional Music Society.
The Irish Traditional Music Tune Index is a way to identify a tune or a recording.
The Session is an Irish tune exchange, somewhere you can find where a tune has been recorded, or conversely, what tunes appear on numerous albums. It also lists many live sessions and invites discussions.
That Real Old Time Religion: Perhaps the most nearly complete set of verses available.
Radio and Other Media
Bluegrass Signal is Peter Thompson’s program of roots music airing Saturday afternoons following FM&B and A Patchwork Quilt on KALW.
Cape Breton Live Radio, broadcasting to the world from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.
Earthday.fm, environmental music for the diversity of life.
JoAnn’s End of Life Radio site offers audio for her series of reports on advance care planning, palliative care, advance directives, and physician-assisted dying, along with print versions of the reports and helpful resources.
The Folk DJ List, the Web site for an e-mail list catering to folk music programmers and others interested in folk music on the radio.
Folk Radio UK offers 24-hour Webcasts of folk and alternative music, features, reviews, news, and more.
Kevin Vance.org, with playlists from A Patchwork Quilt and other news of our fellow KALW folk programmer.
Prisons in Crisis is the site dedicated to FM&B host JoAnn Mar’s radio production about the prison overcrowding crisis in California. The program is available there to listen to.
The prodigious PublicRadioFan.com will tell you what folk music (or other public radio programming) is streaming at the moment, as well as info about public radio stations around the world.
Radio for Peace International, progressive Webcasting.
Sandy Miranda’s site offers more info on one of our hosts’ programming and interests.
Scottish & Celtic Broadcasting on the Internet, a handy starting point.
Dore Stein’s Tangents program fills the KALW airwaves with an eclectic mix of music on Saturday evenings.
ThistleRadio.com is the official site for the Thistle & Shamrock, the popular NPR program of Celtic roots music that precedes us. You can stream the last several shows, find podcasts, and more. Playlists are posted a few days following a broadcast.
BayFolk is the Bay Area Folk Dance Directory, with a listing of Folk Dance Leaders, groups, teachers, bands, and dance venues and a calendar of events.
Berkeley Folk Dancers bring you Folk Dance World. The BFD offers a rich repertoire of dances from around the world and skilled teachers.
The Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS) is an association (headquartered in Massachusetts) of people and groups with a common interest in English and Anglo-American folk dance, music, and song.
The English Folk Dance and Song Society is headquartered at the Cecil Sharp House in London.
The Folk Dance Association offers an extensive directory of classes and sessions as well as a calendar of camps, festivals, and other events for all sorts of folk dance.
Set Dancing News will help you find where, when, and even how to get involved in Irish set dancing.
Some Iranian instruments are described at Arash Dejkam’s pages.
The ezfolk.com site focuses on instructional resources for banjo, folk guitar, and ukelele but includes many other links and resources.
Folkfriends in Hamburg makes and sells replicas of medieval and renaissance acoustic instruments as well as contemporary Irish and folk instruments, including some originals. They also repair, restore, and customize old or antique instruments.
Guitar-book.com by Intuition Guitar offers some promising books and e-books for learning guitar and is itself a useful collection of tips for beginning and intermediate players.
The Guitar Education Resource Guide leads to varied resources for guitarists and guitar students.
The House of Musical Traditions, Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912, 301-270-9090, supplies acoustic instruments, accessories, and books from around the world.
Lark in the Morning, world musical instruments, books, recordings, and videos.
Mugwumps Online for info on vintage and modern, mostly stringed, instruments.
The Recorder Home Page covers all aspects of recorders.
Notes on Turkish Alevi culture from the Alevi Federation of Australia. See also Paul Koerbin’s blog of reflections on the life and poetry of spiritual revolutionary Pir Sultan Abdal, and the Wikipedia article on Ashiks.
Balkanfolk.com for Balkan workshops, events, CDs, downloads, T-shirts, Windows backgrounds, ring tones, and more.
The Klezmer Shack is a central resource for klezmer (and Sephardic) bands, reviews, studies.
musiq.com: World and experimental music; makam music, rebetika, ouds.
My Sweet Canary is the official site for a wonderful concert film / documentary on the life and times of legendary Greek singer Roza Eskenazi, available at this site (and through for instance Amazon) as a DVD or as a soundtrack recording.
Ostad Elahi, the late musician, mystic, philosopher, statesman from Iranian Kurdistan. Just a lovely site.
The Patrin Web Journal: Romani Culture and History.
Sephardic Music: A Century of Recordings plans to document the whole history of recorded Sephardic music.
Notes on Sevdah or Sevdalinka, the soul music of Bosnia, from Sevdah North America, Inc.
If you can make your way through the Greek, Stixoi.info is a wonderfully vast collection of Greek songs, with lyrics, authors, recorded versions, links to performances on YouTube, and more.
The Turkish Cultural Foundation’s Turkish Music Portal, for various aspects of Turkish classical and folk musics.
You can put together search terms with this virtual Greek keyboard, at a site where you can also find keyboards for many other languages and alphabets. Copy and paste terms straight into Stixoi.info, YouTube, or Google, for instance, to find performances and sources not available through the Roman alphabet.
English Folk and Traditional Music on the Internet, a comprehensive guide to resources.
English folk music performers, a useful list of links.
The Traditional Song Forum, a UK-based group devoted to studying and disseminating traditional songs and singing.
AmeriCeltic is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, whose mission is to restore awareness of, celebrate, and preserve the culture and history of Americans of Celtic descent in Northern California by promoting Celtic events and history.
The Celtic Cafe is a lively site set up to promote Irish dance and Celtic music and culture.
The Celtic Music Base aims to provide the world’s largest biographical dictionary of Celtic musicians.
The Donegal Fiddle Pages are full of information on this unique style of fiddling and its heritage.
The Irish Traditional Music Tune Index is a way to identify a tune or a recording.
The Online Academy of Irish Music, out of West County Clare, offers a variety of courses and some free lessons, opportunities for feedback, and retreats.
Scoiltrad, based in County Cork, bills itself as the first truly interactive online music school and includes classes in whistle, pipes, flute, fiddle, and bodhrán.
Scottish-folk-music.com lists many musicians and bands, along with events, song lyrics, and further links.
Traditional Irish music links from irish-music.net.
The Traditional Music Forum brings together and represents traditional music groupings in Scotland.
Scandinavian and Baltic
Folkmusic.no pulls together information about Norwegian artists and events.
Latvian Folk Songs: some notes from the Latvian Institute.
Latvian Music Pages, a list of many links in all genres of music, including further links pages for Estonia, Lithuania, and Russia.
Music Finland: “Anything and everything for Finnish music.”
Norwegian Folk Music and Folk Dance Internet Resources from the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America.
Swedish Traditional Music is a quick introduction to traditional styles and instruments.
Australia and New Zealand
Folk Alliance Australia, with a folk directory.
New Zealand Folk Song, home-made songs about life in New Zealand: Maori, Celtic, sea-shanties, more.
Native American Public Telecommunications offers some links to musicians.
Here is a range of Native Music and Arts Links by a Mohawk librarian at the University of Pittsburg.
Bernie Krause's Wild Sanctuary has nature CDs, sound safaris, descriptions of research projects, and more.
Learn about jam sessions with orcas and other beings at the Interspecies Communications site.
Naturesongs, with free samples of digital recordings from nature, is based in Arizona.
The American Society of Crows and Ravens, with the Corvi Chronicle, frequently asked questions, and links.
The Aviary, sights, sounds, science, stories, spirituality, links.
The Crows and Ravens Webring.
Acoustic Guitar Central, the resource-rich site for Acoustic Guitar Magazine, P.O. Box 767, San Anselmo, CA 94979; 415-485-6946.
fRoots (“Local Music from Out There”), P.O. Box 337, London N4 1TW, England.
Irish Music Magazine, 19 Clare St, Dublin 2, Ireland.
The Living Tradition, P.O. Box 1026, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, KA2 0LG, Scotland, with a British Isles emphasis.
Penguin Eggs, 10942 80th Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 0R1. Folk, roots, and world music from a Canadian perspective.
Sing Out! P.O. Box 5460, Bethlehem, PA 18015; 610-865-5366.
Strings, String Letter Publishing, PO Box 767, San Anselmo, CA 94979; 415-485-6946. All things (bowed) strings.
Rob Young, Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music. London: Faber & Faber, 2011. The story of the emergence of folk-rock in England.
Frances James Child, The English and Scottish Popular Ballads. Northfield, Minnesota: Loomis House Press, 2012. The principal source for the ballad tradition of England and Scotland as we know it.
Cecil J. Sharp, English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians. Northfield, Minnesota: Loomis House Press, 2012. Here also is an online edition. The author’s introduction affords a striking picture of the lives of his Appalachian informants early in the last century.
Neal Walters and Brian Mansfield, eds., MusicHound Folk: The Essential Album Guide. Detroit: Visible Ink Press, 1998. Of course, much music has appeared since this and the next guide were published, but we find nothing like them in print.
Adam McGovern, ed., MusicHound World: The Essential Album Guide. Detroit: Visible Ink Press, 2000.
Jeanette Leach, Seasons They Change: The Story of Acid and Psychedelic Folk. London: Hal Leonard Corporation, 2011. This book introduces and brings to life many famous and obscure artists and bands from the first flowering of psych folk to its more recent revival.
Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr, Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2014. The host of The Thistle & Shamrock traces this ballad tradition from the old world to the new.
An assortment of interesting sites we’ve bookmarked.
Anoíxi Means Open: Cohost Bob Campbell’s long-time friend Lorin Piper has a Web site introducing her forthcoming memoir of many seasons spent in Greece. She’s also included some notes on Greek music, useful Greek recipes, book reviews, and more.
The Center for Biological Diversity: Working to secure the future for all species hovering on the brink of extinction.
Chicken on a Unicycle: Histories of local clubs and bands of the psychedelic era, with charts of musical geneologies and many vintage posters.
The Dark Mountain Project is a network of writers, artists, and thinkers who have stopped believing the stories our civilisation tells itself. It draws much inspiration from the work of California poet Robinson Jeffers. (“The beauty of modern / Man is not in the persons but in the / Disastrous rhythm, the heavy and mobile masses, the dance of the / Dream-led masses down the dark mountain.”)
The Enigma of the Green Man offers varied reflections on this mysterious image. From there, William Anderson’s book Green Man: The Archetype of Our Oneness with the Earth offers a persuasive way of connecting the dots.
The Fairy Trail is a documentary about nature spirits, but really much more: a lyrical and probing look at the human condition now and before. You can also view it on YouTube. It features the music of B’ee (In Gowan Ring, Birch Book) and Gabriella Kapfer.
KissThisGuy.com, the archive of misheard lyrics.
The strange saga of Mel Lyman, lovingly documented.
Navdanya is a movement for biodiversity and sustainable agriculture rooted in the work of Dr. Vandana Shiva.
The Organic Consumers Association: A grassroots organization dealing with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability, and other key topics.
The Planet Drum Foundation, a voice for bioregional sustainability, education, and culture.
Quirky Berkeley, a guide, with its own further set of links.
An English site dedicated to the Persian poet Rumi.
Store Wars: Join the organic rebellion.
Terrain.org, a journal of the built & natural environments.
Tricycle: Currents of ancient and modern Buddhist thought.
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